Climate standards for new Govt buildings
Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash and Climate Change Minister James Shaw have announced a plan for a carbon neutral public sector by 2025 which requires that all new non-residential government buildings are climate friendly.
From April 2022, agencies covered by the Carbon Neutral Government Programme will have to make sure new buildings over a certain value meet a minimum Green Star rating of five.
The Green Star standard operates on a system of 100 points, with 4 star, 5 star or 6 star ratings available.
“The minimum 5 star rating will apply to new non-residential buildings for around 140 government agencies who follow the Government Procurement Rules,” said Stuart Nash.
- From 1 April 2022, new non-residential governments buildings with a capital value over $25 million will have to meet a minimum Green Star rating of five
- The same standard will apply to government buildings with a capital value over $9 million from 1 April 2023